Japan estimates it will need around 1,000 long-range missiles in addition to its anti-ballistic missile stockpile to defend against China’s growing military capabilities, government sources said on Sunday.

As tensions mount in the region, the Department of Defense is expected to advance by one year to fiscal 2024 part of its plan to extend the range of the Force’s Type 12 surface-to-ship guided missiles. ground self-defense, with the costs to be included in its budget request for fiscal year 2023.

File photo taken from the official Ground Self-Defense Force website showing a Type 12 surface-to-ship guided missile. (Kyodo)

The ministry is seeking a record budget of more than 5.5 trillion yen ($40 billion) for the next fiscal year, with the amount likely to swell further after unspecified costs are finalized for about 100 items, the sources said. .

In making its estimate, the Japanese government researched the required number of missiles and budget that would be needed to counter Chinese missiles, assuming that Beijing has a large number of missiles that can be used to attack Japan.

The framework of the missiles and some hardware whose price tags have not yet been specified will be discussed during the review of three security-related documents, including the National Security Strategy, which is expected to be updated by the end of 2022.

“As an island nation, Japan will be attacked from afar, so it is necessary to have a number of missiles to counterattack,” said Itsunori Onodera, who heads the Liberal Party’s National Security Research Commission. Democrat, during a Fuji TV broadcast on Sunday.

The Department of Defense’s budget request for fiscal year 2023, which is expected to exceed its highest budget of 5.49 trillion yen set in fiscal year 2021, reflects a desire to improve defense capabilities at distance from the country and unmanned systems such as drones.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, at a press conference on August 10, called the overhaul of defense capabilities the most important issue for the rest of the year, adding that he would “make a concerted effort to fully grasp the size of the budget and secure”. financial ressources.”